Your questions: Answered
Will I have to wait long to get an appointment?
We will immediately begin processing your paperwork and contact you to schedule an appointment as soon as we receive the referral form from the doctor.
You should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment time. You will be asked to fill out your paperwork, once completed, you may be asked to change in a patient gown in a private dressing room if your clothing contains any metal. You may be asked to remove any metal objects such as belts, jewelry, glasses, credit cards, pagers, cell phones, and keys. You will be provided with a safe to lock up your belongings.
Does it hurt?
No. MRI is a safe and painless procedure. The MRI scan is performed by taking special pictures, the scanner does not actually touch you and you cannot feel the rays in any way.
The diagnostic imaging procedure captures finely detailed pictures of the inside of your body (organs, nervous system, bones and soft tissue). In order to create the images, the MRI machine uses strong magnetic and radio waves, which in turn a computer combines the images and creates views from any angle.
You will feel nothing unusual during the scanning process. In the MRI examination room are a large magnet and a padded scanning table. You will be asked to lie down on the table and will be positioned to guarantee maximum comfort. The exam table will slowly move under the arm holding the magnet. Imagine lying on a long card table with a mirror being held horizontal to your body. You will be lying in an open space, and not constricted in any way. The technician may place a coil, which is a special radio receiver, around the body part to be scanned. The technician will speak with you through a two-way intercom system telling you the length of the scan and when the scan will begin. You will be able to speak with the technician at any time during your examination. You will hear the machine producing a humming and rhythmic tapping noise. It is important to relax and remain still to ensure the clarity of the images. Should your doctor prescribe a mild sedative; you must bring someone to escort you home.
Before your procedure(s), the technician will obtain from you a brief medical history. You should discuss whether or not you have implanted devices such as a heart pacemaker, aneurysm clips, metal plates, bone or joint replacements, hearing aids, or cardiac valves. You should also mention if you have ever been a machine auto or metal worker, or if you have ever been injured by metal that may still be lodged in your body. Please notify the technician if you have had brain, heart, eye, or ear surgeries.